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Frank Shostak

Tags Booms and BustsFinancial MarketsMoney and BanksBusiness CyclesCapital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Works Published inMises Daily ArticleQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsAustrian Economics Newsletter

Frank Shostak is an Associated Scholar of the Mises Institute. His consulting firm, Applied Austrian School Economics, provides in-depth assessments and reports of financial markets and global economies. He received his bachelor's degree from Hebrew University, his master's degree from Witwatersrand University, and his PhD from Rands Afrikaanse University and has taught at the University of Pretoria and the Graduate Business School at Witwatersrand University.

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Fail: Quantitative Methods Presume That Human Action Is Reflexive

Philosophy and MethodologyPraxeology

Blog03/21/2020

Quantitative methods can't be applied to human action, which is purposeful and not a mere reflex. For this reason, mathematical formulas can only describe events, never explain them.

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No, Technology Shocks Aren't Behind Recurring Business Cycles

Business CyclesInterventionismOther Schools of Thought

Blog03/19/2020

Finn Kydland and Edward C. Prescott (KP), the 2004 Nobel laureates in economics think that technological shocks can explain 70 percent of economic fluctuations in postwar US data. Unfortunately their quantitative methods are simplistic and ignore the real problem: central banking.

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The Coronavirus Won't Be the Cause of the Next Bust, but It Will Make It Worse

Booms and BustsMonetary Policy

Blog03/12/2020

Although shocks can disrupt the pace of economic activity, they have nothing to do with the phenomenon of recurrent boom-bust cycles. The cycle requires something more. A central bank, for instance.

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Will More Easy Money Strengthen the Ailing Economy?

Booms and BustsMoney and Banks

Blog03/11/2020

Lower interest rates won't make an economy grow. What matters is real savings.

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Why Sweden’s Negative Interest Rate Experiment Is a Failure

Blog03/09/2020

After years of negative rates, Sweden's central bank moves toward positive rates again. But this is setting the stage for an economic bust.

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